Tom Keller

Tom Keller

Duty Manager at The Dylan Amsterdam
Lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands
over 6 months ago

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Having studied at Hotel Management School Maastricht in The Netherlands made me realize hospitality is one of the biggest treasures we have in this beautiful world. It is about people, caring for each other, safety, feeling welcome, happiness...

My career started at this same school; first as a management trainee and later as junior hospitality consultant. I was able to bring hospitality to other branches than the hotel industry. A total different mindset in a total different environment, but most of the times very much contributing to the product and the way of working (together). But one day, being a junior hospitality consultant, I realized it is important to gain experience in professional hospitality before being able to truly transmit it to others. Where else than in the ‘industry’ that’s all about professional hospitality?! Hotel business. And, in the end, I was being educated to become a hotelier. I realized that was the next step, to aim to become hotelier.

And that's where I found my passion again. After having worked for a preopening-hotel-project in Tetouan -Morocco, one of the greatest hotels in New York City - United States of America and another preopening-and-opening-hotel-project for 5* hotel Pestana Amsterdam Riverside in Amsterdam - The Netherlands, I am now being part of the great and dedicated team of The Dylan Amsterdam, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World member and 5* luxury boutique hotel.

Experience

  • Duty Manager

    The Dylan Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Administration & General
    September 2018 - Now · 3 months

    The Dylan Amsterdam is a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel, situated in a 17th-century canal house and set within the prestigious ‘grachtengordel’, the city’s central canal-belt, as well as in Amsterdam’s chic shopping district ‘De 9 straatjes’. Known as one of the most stylish and intimate luxury hotels in Amsterdam, The Dylan offers a refined, modern décor along with personalized service and a five-star product. Restaurant Vinkeles has a classic yet contemporary style French cuisine and has been awarded a Michelin star in 2009. Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers uses only the freshest ingredients for his seasonal menu, which showcases his strict dedication to purity of flavour and presentation.

  • Acting Front Office Manager

    Pestana Hotel Group - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Front Office reception
    March 2018 - August 2018 · 7 months

    After having been onboard with Pestana Amsterdam Riverside as Shift Leader for 3 months, I was assigned to Acting Front Office Manager during the absence of the Front Office Manager. Leading a team of Receptionists, Shift Leaders, Concierges and Porters during the opening phase (total 18 people).

  • Shift Leader Front Office (preopening and opening)

    Pestana Hotel Group - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Front Office reception
    December 2017 - February 2018 · 3 months

    The Pestana Amsterdam Riverside is a luxury 5 star hotel (154 rooms including 32 long stay apartments) in Amsterdam located in a National Monument, the former Town Hall and Archive of the Amstel Community. Affiliated with Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX .With a Spa including an indoor swimming pool and sauna, a gym, 10 meeting rooms, and a restaurant run by the famous Chef Peter Lute. The PESTANA HOTEL GROUP is the largest multinational group from Portugal in the tourism sector. It is present in 15 countries, has more than 11,000 rooms under direct management, has a global team of 7,000 professionals and is chosen by more than 3 million customers per year.

  • Front Office Manager-in-Training

    The Standard, High Line - New York, NY, United States

    Front Office reception
    September 2016 - August 2017 · 12 months

    The creation of super-hotelier Andre Balazs, The Standard, High Line hotel is a glorious glassy high-rise, with witty minimalist interiors, cheekily exhibitionist bathrooms and unbeatable views over the Hudson. Rising above a former elevated train line that has become downtown’s favorite public park, the hotel is located in New York City’s uberhip Meatpacking District. In September 2016 I started the 1 year Manager-in-Training program within the Front Office department and covered Manager On Duty shifts (I also cross-trained as Housekeeping Manager for 2 months). Accomplishments: Before I got promoted to Manager On Duty and therefore responsible for all Front Office operations when on shift (338 rooms and 30 employees), I trained within the Front Desk, Guest Services, Guest Experience, Concierge and Bellmen teams and was I cross trained as Housekeeping Manager for 2 months.

  • Management Trainee Rooms Division (part of preopening team)

    Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay - Fnideq, Morocco

    Front Office reception
    November 2015 - June 2016 · 8 months

    Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay in Fnideq, Morocco, an all-pool resort of the Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Group that opened its doors in September 2016. I was part of the preopening team from November 2015 to June 2016 as a Trainee Rooms Division. I assisted the preopening teams of the Front Office and Housekeeping. I also assisted the Executive Assistant Manager on all operations related tasks. Accomplishments: Having been part of the preopening team, I assisted in and leaded my own projects regarding preparations for having the property and the team ready for the opening of the resort. This existed of implementing and blending the Banyan Tree brand into the Moroccan/regional culture, training new (local) staff to be ready to work within a five star luxury concept, having the back (bone) office organized and all other operational aspects for the Front Office and Housekeeping departments.

  • Operational Trainee

    Hotel Cap Rocat - Palma, Spain

    Front Office reception
    March 2011 - August 2011 · 7 months

    From March to August 2011 I was an operational trainee (reservations agent and concierge) in the Rooms Divisions department of five star hotel Cap Rocat, located in Cala Blava (Mallorca, Spain).

Education

Languages

  • Dutch
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • English
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • German
    Limited working
    40%
  • Spanish
    Limited working
    40%

Skills

  • charis
  • Charismatic
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent verbal skills
  • Guest-focused
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Honesty and loyalty
  • Hotel Concepts
  • Hotsos
  • IDPMS
  • Opera
  • Opera PMS
  • Pre opening experience
  • Pre-openings
  • Reliable and honest
  • representative
  • rex
  • Self-motivated, proactive
  • Sense of humour
  • Social networks
  • Strong communicator
  • Use opera
  • Very creative
  • Very flexible
  • Young professional
Connections
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Member of the Organization Committee at AMFORHT
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